LES MISERABLES (2012)
LES MISERABLES (2012)
Approx. Running minutes 154
Release dates 11/01/2013
BBFCInsight Contains moderate violence and sex, and infrequent moderate language
Genre(s) Musical, Drama
Director(s) Tom Hooper
Cast includes Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen
Summary Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Miserables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption - a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine's (Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever. In January 2013, the world's longest-running musical brings its power to the big screen in Tom Hooper's sweeping and spectacular interpretation of Victor Hugo's epic tale. With international superstars and beloved songs - including I Dreamed a Dream, Bring Him Home,One Day More and On My Own -Les Miserables, the show of shows, is now reborn as the cinematic musical experience of a lifetime.
Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.
BBFCinsight publication date 01/01/2013
Note: The following text may contain spoilers
LES MISERABLES is a film adaptation of the stage musical based on Victor Hugo's novel. It tells the story of a convict who builds a respectable life and who promises to protect an orphaned girl when his past comes back to haunt him. It is rated 12 for moderate violence, sex and infrequent moderate language
Scenes of moderate violence include stabbings with bayonet blades, truncheon blows to the head and the impression of gunshot impacts. Some blood is seen on clothes and on flesh but there is little sight of injury and the emphasis is on the victims defending themselves against oppression. There is one brief scene which depicts the aftermath of the battle in which the streets are splashed with blood. This is a brief gory image but it occurs within a historical and musical context with more uplifting scenes providing a counterbalance.
In one of two sex scenes, during a bawdy and comic musical number set in an inn and brothel, a clothed prostitute rocks on top of a man dressed in a Father Christmas outfit, implying that they're having sex. In a more serious scene, a young single mother reluctantly prostitutes herself to a man once she has exhausted other options to earn the money she needs to keep her daughter. As she lies back and a man lies on top of her, she weeps as the man's expression implies sexual pleasure. Both these scenes are brief, neither involves nudity, and there is little detail of the sexual acts. There are also occasional references to sex, such as 'sleeping around', 'have a poke' and references to 'prostitutes'. Many of these occur in song lyrics.
LES MISERABLES also contains some moderate and mild bad language, including uses of 'Jesus', 'pissed', 'bastard', 'sons of whores' and one use of 'bitch'.
A scene of suicide also features when a character reflects on his life and the poor decisions he's made and throws himself from a bridge into a fast flowing river dam below. His body is seen falling before an impact is heard as the character hits the water.
No-one younger than 12 may see a 12A film in a cinema unless accompanied by an adult. No-one younger than 12 may rent or buy a 12 rated video or DVD.
- Also known as
- LES MISÉRABLES - ODEON LEICESTER SQUARE,LES MISÉRABLES - ODEON,LES MISÉRABLES - THE LOUNGE,LES MISÉRABLES,LES MISÉRABLES - CINEWORLD,LES MISÉRABLES - SOUNDTRACK TRAILER,LES MISERABLES - IN CONCERT - THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY - LIVE - THE O2,LES MISERABLES - INTERNATIONAL TRAILER
- Cinema, IMAX, DVD
- Universal Pictures (UK) Ltd,Universal Pictures Int (UK)
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- Note to parents
- Some versions of this film are displayed in the 3D or IMAX format and some younger children may find them a more intense experience